Transfer of marriage allowances

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Marriage allowance lets you transfer £1,190 of your personal allowance to your husband/wife/civil partner – if they warn more than you.

This reduces their tax by up to £238 in the tax year (April 6 to April 5the next year).

In order to qualify you must:

  1. Be married / in a civil partnership
  2. One spouse/partner must earn below the personal allowance of £11,850
  3. Your partner pays income tax at the basic rate, with an income between £11,851 and £46,350.

If you’re in Scotland, your partner must pay the starter, basic or intermediate rate, which usually means their income is between £11,850 and £43,430.

“If you are eligible for marriage allowance in 2018/19 tax year you can back date your claim to April 5, 2015 and reduce the tax bill even further,” said Peter Way-Rider, tax manager at Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers.

For further information about marriage allowance or any other tax matter, contact Ellis & Co on 01244 343504.